• Pro-independence parties would clearly win the Catalan elections but the governing CiU would lose support (by P. Solà)

    On 25th November Catalan citizens will vote to elect the entire 135-seat Catalan Parliament, which will later elect the next President of the Catalan Government. These elections can be also understood as a plebiscite on Catalonia’s right to self-determination. The incumbent Catalan President called for earlier elections two weeks after the 1.5 million strong demonstration for Catalonia’s independence and five days after the Spanish Government's refusal to negotiate a specific fiscal agreement between Catalonia and Spain.

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26.11.12 - 02:27

Self-determination parties clearly win the Catalan elections but the governing CiU loses significant support

The parties defending the organisation of an independence referendum within the next four years increase their support and obtain 64.4% of the seats in the new Catalan Parliament. In addition, the parties clearly defending independence get 54.4%...
CiU's candidate Artur Mas, who is always with an EU flag to stress Catalonia's identification with the EU project (by P. Mateos)

23.11.12 - 22:11

Party Review – the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU) asks for an “exceptional majority” to back self-determination

The incumbent President of the Catalan Government and the main CiU candidate, Artur Mas, is asking for massive support in order to have the strength to negotiate the organisation of an independence referendum. The CiU is focusing the re-election...
Joan Herrera in a recent campaign rally (by M. Bélmez)

20.11.12 - 23:15

Party Review – the Catalan Green Socialists and Communists (ICV-EUiA), the most vocal opposition to budget cuts

With 10 MPs and 7.37% of the votes in the last Catalan elections, the Catalan Green Socialist and Communist Coalition (ICV-EUiA) has been the most vocal opposition to the Catalan Government’s austerity measures, despite being the fourth largest...
Albert Rivera addressing the audience in a campaign rally (by P. Solà)

15.11.12 - 23:01

Party Review – Ciutadans (C’s), the anti-Catalan nationalism and left-wing party

With 3.39% of the votes in the last elections and 3 MPs in the Catalan Parliament, polls indicate that the number of Ciutadans’s MPs could double in the next elections, resulting in between 6 and 8 MPs, and forming its own parliamentary group...
Pro-independence parties would clearly win the Catalan elections but the governing CiU would lose support (by P. Solà)

25.11.12 - 22:11

Pro-independence parties would clearly win the Catalan elections but the governing CiU would lose support

According to the exit polls, the parties supporting independence would obtain between 58% and 64% of the seats in the Catalan Parliament in the elections with the highest voter turnout ever. The Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU)...
Pere Navarro in a campaign rally (by R. Garrido)

22.11.12 - 23:53

Party Review – the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) likely to plummet and be overtaken by smaller parties

For the last 30 years, the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) and the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU) have been Catalonia’s two main political forces, running the main public institutions and getting electoral results far higher than...
ERC's leader, Oriol Junqueras, with the campaign's motto: "A new country for everybody" (by A. Moldes)

19.11.12 - 21:56

Party Review – the Left-Wing Catalan Independence Party (ERC) might be the second largest party

ERC, now led by Oriol Junqueras, is facing the next Catalan elections aware they will significantly increase their number of MPs and knowing that they are likely to play an essential role in Catalonia’s politics in the next term. After...
Herrera (ICV-EUiA) in the first campaign rally (by M. Belmez)

09.11.12 - 22:56

The official campaign for the Catalan elections starts focused on the independence debate

Elections for the Catalan Parliament, which will elect the next President of the Catalan Government, are to be held on the 25th of November. The two-week electoral campaign has started, with Catalonia’s independence as the main topic of debate,...
Catalans will vote for the next Catalan Parliament, which will elect the next President of the Catalan Government (M. Amengual)

24.11.12 - 00:04

Catalans vote on Sunday focusing on the independence process after a tense campaign

Nobody doubts that the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU) will win the elections again, but it is not clear if it will obtain an absolute majority or even lose some MPs. However, these elections are not so much about parties but they...
Sánchez-Camacho (left) together with the Spanish Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaria (by A. Recolons)

21.11.12 - 22:32

Party Review – the Spanish Nationalist People’s Party (PP) focuses on stopping the “independence delirium”

As opposed to the rest of Spain, the PP is a small party within Catalonia. In the last Catalan elections, they got their best results ever, increasing from 14 to 18 seats in the 135-seat Catalan Parliament and obtaining 12.37% of the votes. In the...
López Tena in Friday's campaign rally (by M. Fernández Noguera)

16.11.12 - 23:32

Party Review – Solidaritat (SI), the radical Catalan independence party

Solidaritat per la Indepedència (SI) started in 2010, defending a fast track towards independence and profiting from the crisis of the Left-Wing Catalan Independence Party (ERC). SI grew around the magnetic Joan Laporta, former President of FC...
Seats at the Catalan Parliament (by ACN)

08.11.12 - 18:37

Support for Catalonia’s independence grows and polls say pro-independence parties would win the next elections

Just before the Catalan election campaign kicks off, the survey centres run by the Spanish and the Catalan governments have both issued their own polls. 57% of Catalans would vote for independence in a referendum, according to the Catalan survey....
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